2012 Tribal Challenge
As most of you know by now, the 2012 Dave Campbell Texas Football magazine is out and has been reviewed from page to page by many. Last week we explored Class 3A, District 28-3A where we looked to see where Campbell felt the Pleasanton Eagles and the Poteet Aggies would finish. This week, we travel over to 15-2A where the Jourdanton Indians will now call home.
After competing in Class 2A, Division I for the previous two seasons, Jourdanton will once again continue, but in a relatively new district. This year’s 15-2A (Div.I) features a few familiar faces along with a host of new ones.
This years’ district will be the home of the Marion Bulldogs (421-enrollment), George West Longhorns (305.5), Luling Eagles (387.5), Jourdanton Indians (393), Goliad Tigers (414), San Antonio Cole Cougars (366.5), and the Brooks Academy Bengals (312).
Last season, the Tribe was able to finish ahead of George West and Cole for the District Championship. As you look over the district introduce above, the order is that in which the magazine has predicted they will finish in the race for the playoffs.
Marion Bulldogs- The Marion Bulldogs will return eight offensive and defensive starters from their 8-3 Bi- District finalist ball club. The Bulldogs will enter their third season as a Class 2A team, as they dropped from Class 3A.
Coach Glenn Davis has high expectations for his ball club, which returns plenty of starters from their talented squad. LB Victor Garza is back to help the Dogs defense, as he led with 127 tackles. Aside from his defensive excellence, he is also huge in their rodeo and baseball teams as well.
The Dogs will also look for DB Jourden Stanley to step up once again, as he had 4 INTs and was 23-493-4TDs receiving on their offense as well.
With numerous other stars back for Marion, it will be interesting to see who can slow down the pride of Marion.
George West Longhorns- The George West Longhorns are loaded with starters coming back, who have gained another year of experience under their belt. Last season, the Horns were very youthful, but anytime you have Coach Tim Holt leading the way, good things will follow. The Horns finished 7-5 and Area Finalist last year.
This season, the Horns will return nine offensive starters as well as nine on the defensive side of things. Defensively, GW will look for three year starter FS Brady Jones to lead the way as he accounted for 110 tackles and 4 INTs. Jones also starts as the QB and accounted for 41-82-628-5-5TDs last season. Aside from those two positions, he also punts for the Horns. So even though they have nine back on both sides of the ball, does anyone else weigh in as more important for this team?
The final main key to the offensive success lies on RB Bobby Torres, who rushed 124-1,239 yards, and 6TDs last season.
With these mentioned above and a host of other starters back, it would be tough not to picture Holt in the playoff picture somewhere.
Luling Eagles- Just when you think it would be impossible for a team to return as many starters as George West, the Luling Eagles soar into the district. Luling is coming off a 4-6 season, and will return nine starters on both sides of the ball as well under new head coach Colby Hensley who replaces Coach Michael Waldie.
A new system will be put into place, but anytime you return 22-seniors and 18 starters, how can success not become reality? Sophomore RB Brenden Cubit will be key, as he rushed 109-545 as a freshman last season. QB Trayden Staton also passed 48-87-847-4- 15TDs as well. With these two offensive weapons, the Eagles should soar into the end zone plenty of times this season.
Jourdanton Indians- After a breakout season last year, Coach Wayne Johnson will return to the helm of the Jourdanton Indians. J-town is coming off a 9-2 Div. I Area Finalist appearance where they fell to the Blanco Panthers.
The only issue the Indians will be dealt with is the fact they return only five offensive starters and three defensive. The great thing for the Indians is they had plenty of talent on their JV squad, which finished as an undefeated squad.
Because the Indians were very heavy on a senior laden roster last season, some of the younger standouts saw minimal playing time. One player is expected to be a leader this season will be Isaac Oropeza, who rushed 41-218-2TDs last season. They will also look for FB Joe Estrada and QB Chase Harrison to get plenty of looks to make something happen offensively.
Defensively, Jourdanton will look for DT Israel Aguero, DT Raul Galindo and LB Enrique Lugo to get down and dirty.
Time will truly tell how some of the younger athletes will mix in and what holes they will fill in this spot. One thing is for sure and that is Coach Wayne Johnson will have his team ready to battle in 15-2A.
The remainder of the district includes the Goliad Tigers who went 2-8 last season, the San Antonio Cougars who went 6-5 in district and the Brooks Academy Bengals who have struggled since their programs beginning. Goliad will have plenty of athletes to pick from as they drop down from Class 3A.
Ft. Sam Houston Cole had plenty of success in their district last season upsetting the Jourdanton Indians and stopping them from winning the outright district title.
Brooks Academy on the other hand, is just happy they got away from Blanco, Comfort and the other Hill Country squads they have competed against. Only time will tell, if this district will be any easier for the Bengals, but the odds are not in their favor.
Next week we will take a look at the Charlotte Trojans and their new football district.